Video Games

  • The Nintendo Switch, The Legend of Zelda, and the Power of Video Games

    I was six years old when I got my Nintendo 64. I had all the classic games: GoldenEye, Banjo-Kazooie, Star Fox, Donkey Kong 64, every single game with Mario or Bros in the title, and way too many more to list. You name it and I pretty much had it. That’s the console that got me hooked on gaming for the rest of my life, and I know I’m not the oldest gamer here on the Toilet. I’m sure many members of our community remember getting hooked on the SNES, the original NES, SEGA consoles, or even various arcade cabinets from the “Golden Age.” I’m not ignorant of history. I’ve done my research and even gone back and played many of those classic games. For me, however, it’s the Nintendo 64 that started my obsession with vidya. Slight problem: at six years old, I was pretty shitty at most of the games.

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    March 21, 2017 • Nerd Shit, Opinion, Video Games • Views: 938

  • An Interview with the Man Behind Dopesmoker: The Game

    A little while back we scooped the lamestream metal press with news that a fan was creating a video game based on Sleep’s legendary Dopesmoker. Intrigued, we tracked down the man behind the project and spoke with him about totally sweet video games, heavy metal, and a whole bunch of nerd shit.

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    September 29, 2016 • Interviews, Nerd Shit, Video Games • Views: 1821

  • Vaporwave Makes DISTURBED Tolerable


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    September 7, 2016 • Nerd Shit, Video Games • Views: 2048


    Hey guys whats up? Go play this game now. Every second you waste is a second that could be utilized pulverizing demons. Cmon, chop chop. That’s it. Bye.

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    August 4, 2016 • Video Games • Views: 887

  • Sleep’s Dopesmoker is Getting a Video Game

    Joining the ranks of Journey and Dream Theater as “bands that inexplicably have video games,” legendary stoner metal trio Sleep will soon get a game of their own. Dopesmoker: The Game of Sleep is an unofficial endless runner video game being made by a fan of the band.

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    August 3, 2016 • Metal, News, Video Games • Views: 18650

  • Sunday Sesh: That Nindie Life

    Yesterday, while cruising the internet, doing my usual thing (and definitely not just scrambling to find something to discuss in this Sunday Sesh), I opened up a Bandcamp tab and was greeted with a splash page informing me that Bandcamp is running an exposé on Nindie soundtracks. What’s a Nindie? I’m glad you asked, friend. Grab your favorite sword and shield combo, pull on your best overalls, dust off that combat visor, and get ready to travel into the wild west with me, because in this Sunday Sesh we’re talking Nintendo Independent Game Soundtracks (or Nindie OSTs, if you will) and chilling out to some sweet retro vibes.

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    June 26, 2016 • Open Swim, Video Games • Views: 828

  • Video Game Review: Rise of the Tomb Raider

    Lara Croft, the dashing polygonal heroine that everyone fell in love with back in the days of the PS1, is no more. The Lara who fought a T-Rex with dual pistols, the Lara WHO KEPT GRABBING THE WRONG FUCKING LEDGE, the Lara who solved all those crazy death trap puzzles, the Lara who spawned two awful movies that were only worth watching because Angelina Jolie was perfect for the role? That Lara is dead. From her ashes rises a new, more versatile and more fun Lara.

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    June 22, 2016 • Reviews, Video Games • Views: 899

  • Descend into Abject Terror with Kitty Horrorshow

    “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H.P. Lovecraft

    This quotation, perhaps more than any other, has shaped the media I consume and the art I explore, acting as a crimson thread tying me to an unspeakable, unknowable fate. From the games I play to the books I read to the films I watch to the music I listen to, I find myself returning most often to the eldritch realms of Lovecraftian fear. This pursuit of the oldest and strongest of emotions has even shaped the articles I have written for this very blog; during my tenure here as curator of the more noxious and bizarre facets of media, I’ve explored weird fiction, horror shorts, subversive films, transgressive art, alarming media experiments, deviant games, and some of the strangest, most disturbing corners of the extreme music spiderweb. My journies take me to uncanny places, but thankfully, many of you have often been there with me, plumbing the obsidian depths at my side. Friends, I ask you once again to venture with me into the unknown. Today, we explore the obscene, even perverse world of Kitty Horrorshow’s interactive horror stories.

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    May 27, 2016 • Metal, Video Games • Views: 1249

  • Remember That Time Trent Reznor Wrote the Soundtrack for Quake?

    There’s been a lot of hype lately over id Software‘s newest entry into the storied Doom video game series, and for good reason. The latest installment, simply titled Doom, pits a supersoldier marine against an unending onslaught of spooky demons, all while heavy metal guitars blare and explosions erupt and enemies burst into sprays of gore and violence. I haven’t played the game yet, but it looks like a fun throwback to old school first person shooters: all speed and violence and evil imagery. That’s just the kind of thing we dig around here. While watching some gameplay footage of the new game, though, I was reminded of the first Doom game, and how a mutual respect between id and Nine Inch Nails led to Trent Reznor designing the soundtrack for id’s next ultra-violent, ultra-evil shooter Quake. Let’s revisit that timeless classic and its excellent soundtrack together.

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    May 17, 2016 • Nerd Shit, Nostalgia Boners, Video Games • Views: 1862

  • A E S T H E T I C S with Blank Banshee, The Simpsons, and PS1 Graphics

    Today we’re exploring the far reaches of the internet in search of smooth jams, low-poly video game environments, and obscure Simpsons references.

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    May 4, 2016 • Not Metal, Video Games • Views: 1581